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Nashville Leads In International Popularity

NASHVILLE, TN—Nashville’s popularity with international visitors as a tourism destination is gaining ground faster than anywhere in the U.S. According to TripAdvisor study results announced in late October, Nashville gained the greatest popularity of all U.S. cities over the past year, in terms of attracting international travelers. The evaluation of major U.S. tourism cities found… Read more »

Greater Miami CVB Announces Destination Growth Plans

In late October, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) unveiled details for the new Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), which is being reimagined as a state-of-the-art LEED certified facility with more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 60,000-square-foot mixed use ballroom and 81 new break-out rooms spanning 190,000 square feet. The $615… Read more »

Major Renovations, Openings Slated In 2016-2017

A major 30-million dollar renovation and expansion is on target for 2016 in Panama City Beach (FL) and a brand new 300-room Omni Hotel and conference center in Frisco, TX is on target to open in 2017. Here’s details on those ongoing projects . . . PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL—Bay Point Golf Resort & Spa… Read more »

KC Celebrates Series Win Along With Record Tourism Year

KANSAS CITY, MO.—As Kansas City celebrates the Royals’ 2015 World Series Championship over the New York Mets, tourism industry data reveal record overall visitor rates and expenditures in the region for last year. Research findings issued by Tourism Economics and Longwoods International found that the Kansas City region welcomed a record 24 million visitors in… Read more »

Life In The Talty Lane: Guest Rooms Of The Future

Anticipating The Guest Rooms Of The Future: The good news is that we’re in the meetings business and we get to travel. The bad news is that we’re in the meetings business and we have to travel. Some of us travel a little, some a lot. Regardless, we all end up staying in hotels that were… Read more »

Top New & Renovated Awards For 2016 Announced

The Results are in for ConventionSouth’s Annual Top New or Renovated Awards for 2016. After more than 5,000 readers and fans voted, this is our elite list of the top 50 new or renovated meeting sites and destinations in the South. Congratulations to our winners and remember to look for them within our 2015 December… Read more »

Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced For 2015

The Results are in for ConventionSouth’s Annual Reader’s Choice Awards.  After more than 5,000 readers and fans voted, this is our elite list of the top 180 meeting sites and destinations in the South. Congratulations to our winners and remember to look for them within our 2015 December Annual Awards Issue. Following are state-by-state 2015 Reader’s… Read more »

Benchmark Names Greg Champion President & COO

 The Woodlands (Houston TX)— Benchmark Hospitality International announced the promotion of Greg Champion to President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). “Bringing Greg on board as a senior executive for Benchmark Hospitality is one of the most important decisions our company has made in its 35-year history,” said Alex Cabañas, chief executive officer for Benchmark. “Since… Read more »

Mobile Bay CVB Launches Rebranding Campaign

MOBILE, Ala. – In a two-part repositioning effort, the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau (MBCVB) – the official tourism and convention marketing organization for the City, County and the Mobile area hospitality industry – announced a name change and the launch of a new brand. The MBCVB will now be doing business as Visit Mobile…. Read more »